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Letter to the BBC on significance of documentary, Rwanda’s Untold Story.

Tiphaine Dickson, Lawyer/Scholar
October 18, 2014

Dear Mr. Hall,

Thank you for allowing John Conroy and Jane Corbin to explore this difficult and complex story, and thank you for broadcasting the remarkable results of their investigation.

Allow me to disclose my own history with the issue: In 1997, I became lead defense counsel in the trial of Georges Rutaganda before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. I was the first counsel to petition for the disclosure of the results of the Prosecutor's investigation into the shooting down of President Habyarimana's plane--an act that back in those days was still commonly assumed to have been carried out by Hutu extremists, or even by the President's family. The reaction to my request by the Prosecutor was nothing short of astonishing: "We don't investigate p ...

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Recognizing sovereignty of Syrian government would solve terror crisis

September 24, 2014

Obama attracts intense interest as he outlines the latest “anti-terror” mission for Iraq-Syria, but we would gain more by paying attention to the words of the President of Syria, Bashar Al Assad, who is after all a major figure in the region and his army has been fighting terrorists and mercenaries supported by Obama’s government. A year ago, as Syria proved capable of handling its armed adversaries, Assad observed that Syria was the victim of a foreign sponsored campaign for regime change. He characterized it this way: The West first tried to create an insurrection coup and failed; next they sent mercenaries across the borders of neighboring states in a campaign of sectarian terror, and failed; and now, he said, they only have one more option, to attack Syria themselves. Quite true, isn’ ...

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  • America's target is Syria, not ISIS.

    September 06, 2014

    Syria has always been Washington's target because it is a sovereign government which, together with Iran and Hizbollah of Lebanon, stands in the way of U.S.-Israeli full spectrum dominance of the mid-east.

    Many in the west who are nominally anti war/anti colonial actually share the imperial assumptions of the State Department and indulge themselves in parsing the nomenclature of the Wahobbyhorse jihadis. Or, like Patrick Coburn, they pretend matters are out of control, blowing-back and Obama is surprised or
    incompetent. Coburn has that old Blimpish conceit that his American cousins are befuddled. They are not befuddled. They and their Paris and London flunkies have been knocking down governments like they're ten-pins, while he has held down his cushy corner by tut-tu ...

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  • ISIS is America

    August 24, 2014

    ISIS is America's Trojan Wahobby horse to attack Syria.

    The strategic goal of the U.S. in the mideast has been and remains the removal of the regional nay-saying states of Iran and Syria, and the Lebanese resistance group Hizbullah.

    Mad Jihadists have been a tactical weapon of western powers for years on end. They burned and lynched Africans in Libya, they carry out vicious attacks in Iraq. In Syria they have blown up churches and mosques, raped, eaten human flesh...and throughout the U.S. and its allies have said tut, tut, but the weapons and volunteers continue to flow across the Turkish border and the funds from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

    Today the Jihadists, who take their ideology from the Wahabi state rulers of Saudi Arabia, have declared the ...

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